The Barony Course was designed by George W. Cobb in the early 1960s and was one of the first courses on Hilton Head Island. From the tee box, many of the holes appear to be relatively open, but as you approach the newly resurfaced Bermuda greens, the real challenge becomes clear. The greens are generous and protected by thick, rough and unforgiving bunkers, entitling the golfer to have good touch with mid- to short-range iron shots. This is a course where accuracy, not length, is paramount.
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Architect: George Cobb
General Manager: Rick Shoemaker
Head Golf Professional: Ben Smith
This short par 4 is a good warm-up hole. A long drive could bring the lagoon on the left into play, so go with a fairway wood or long iron for a short- to mid-iron approach shot. The green slopes from back to front and is guarded by three bunkers.
Barony's first par 3 features a large, slightly elevated green. Pay attention to the pin position and avoid the large bunker short and left. Again, the green slopes from back to front.
Long hitters can reach this dogleg left par 5 in two, but must hit an accurate tee shot over the left corner of the fairway. Shots missed left bring the trees into play. The wise strategy is a fairway wood off the tee, a short iron lay-up and a short approach.
An accurate tee shot is essential on this medium-length par 4. You must carry the water, avoid the trees on the left and the out of bounds right. The uphill approach shot must negotiate two bunkers that front this green that slopes from back to front.
Going with driver on this short par 4 may bring the lagoon on the left into play. A large bunker also guards the right side of the landing area. Opting for a fairway wood or long iron from the tee will leave a short-iron approach shot to this well-guarded green.
This medium-length par 3 features a difficult green guarded by several bunkers. The putting surface slopes toward the front right corner, so pay close attention to the pin location and play your tee shot accordingly.
Favor the right side of the fairway on this dogleg left. Tee shots hit too far left will be blocked by trees. A fairway wood off the tee will leave a short- to mid-iron approach to a large, fairly flat green surrounded by bunkers.
On this dogleg left par 4, two fairway bunkers await tee shots that stray long and right. Once again, a fairway wood or long iron from the tee is probably the best play. Note the pin position on this deep green before making your approach shot club selection.
This is a true three-shot par 5. Fairway bunkers and a lagoon will catch errant drives to the right, so favor the left side from the tee. Second shots should be right of center for an open approach to a large green framed by bunkers.
Accuracy is essential on this short, dogleg left par 4. The fairway is guarded by water down the left side and bunkers on the right. A long iron or fairway wood from the tee will leave a short iron approach to a tricky green.
Only the longest hitters can reach this long par 5 in two. Favor the right side off the tee and be careful of the creek that crosses the fairway at the 150-yard mark. Approach shots that miss left can bring the trees into play. The well-guarded green falls off on three sides.
This is the longest par 4 on the course, usually made longer because it plays into the prevailing wind. Do not miss to the right off the tee. Play your approach shot safely to the center of the fairly flat green to avoid the bunkers.
This dogleg left par 4 requires accuracy from the tee. There is water down either side of the fairway and large bunkers will catch drives that are too long. Pay attention to the pin location on this two-tiered green.
This short par 3 is more difficult than it looks. Make sure you take enough club to carry the lagoon. A "good" miss will be to the left. This green slopes from back left to front right toward the water.
This par 5, especially when playing downwind, can be reached in two. Favor the right side from the tee to avoid being blocked out by the palm tree in the left center of the fairway. The well-bunkered green slopes severely from back to front.
Hole #16 is the longest par 3 on the course and is best played with a shot to the center of the green. The back-to-front slope of the putting surface makes this hole even more difficult.
This gentle dogleg left gives you a large fairway to work with. Long hitters can make the hole shorter by favoring the left side of the fairway. Watch out for the water all along the left side of the hole, but especially long and left of the green.
The finishing hole features a wide fairway with room to miss to the right. Watch out for the two bunkers guarding the left side of the landing area. The green, like most on the course, is guarded by several large bunkers. Shots that miss left will fall off into a collection area.
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